Accelerometers are standard features on notebook computers. When they detect they are in free fall, they move the hard drive to "Oh Sh*t" mode. The Quake Catcher Network was born to collect data from volunteers who have laptops that are compatible to detect unusual movements. A special algorithm can tell the difference between your nervous twitch and a real earthmover.
Implications - Today's chaotic world is subject to terrorism, financial crisis and natural disasters, with smart companies offering products designed to stand the test of any trial or tribulation. Even products like laptops, which are not necessarily considered essentially to survival, are coming equipped with earthquake-proof technology, signifying the mass paranoia of today's consumer.